“Flash matting” by Sun, Li, Kang and Shum

  • ©Jian Sun, Yin Li, Sing Bing Kang, and Heung-Yeung Shum




    Flash matting



    In this paper, we propose a novel approach to extract mattes using a pair of flash/no-flash images. Our approach, which we call flash matting, was inspired by the simple observation that the most noticeable difference between the flash and no-flash images is the foreground object if the background scene is sufficiently distant. We apply a new matting algorithm called joint Bayesian flash matting to robustly recover the matte from flash/no-flash images, even for scenes in which the foreground and the background are similar or the background is complex. Experimental results involving a variety of complex indoors and outdoors scenes show that it is easy to extract high-quality mattes using an off-the-shelf, flash-equipped camera. We also describe extensions to flash matting for handling more general scenes.


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